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Brian Banks hits ground running with Falcons

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In a more perfect world, Brian Banks would have been playing linebacker in a rookie minicamp about five years ago after he wrapped up a collegiate football career at USC.

A false accusation of rape resulted in a jail sentence, though, and Banks had to wait a long time for the truth to come to light. He was finally exonerated, got a brief shot in the UFL before that league fell apart and now he’s getting a chance to play with the Falcons. The extended layoff didn’t quell Banks’ belief that he could be an NFL starter and he’s getting a chance to show his stuff during this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Banks has been calling defensive signals for the Falcons on the practice field and said that things have been going well even as he’s made the mistakes that every first-year NFL player makes when they’re put on the professional stage.

“It was real good today to get out there. I’ve been in film the last two weeks so to get a chance to get out there and put all the knowledge that we’ve been putting on paper out onto the field was a really good experience for the first time,” Banks said, via the Falcons website. “It was really fast-paced. I made a lot of really good moves, made a lot of mistakes, so adjustments will be made.”

The way Banks has handled the nightmarish circumstances that sent him to prison make him very easy to root for whether or not you’re a Falcons fan. That likability also makes it possible for a team to give him a cursory shot out of goodwill. Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that wouldn’t be the case in Atlanta and, happily, it looks like things are playing out that way.

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16 Responses to “Brian Banks hits ground running with Falcons”
  1. bowmanj35 says: May 5, 2013 11:57 AM

    if they cut you, head on up to Green Bay. we could use a hungry young linebacker.

  2. jobotjones says: May 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Good for him, redeem yourself young man and get what you have been working for all these years.

  3. b3nz0z says: May 5, 2013 12:39 PM

    I’ll follow this dudes career no matter where he ends up. I hope he makes it big.

  4. canadianbucsfan says: May 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    Great story. Hope the guy works on his craft a lot and ends up having a great season. As a bucs fan, he is the only falcon I want to see do well haha.

  5. seattlerogueburner says: May 5, 2013 1:32 PM

    Kid’s got a lot of support from NFL fans. Great morale for any team. Hopefully his play will also shine, I wish him nothing but the best. Good on ya Atlanta for giving him a shot.

  6. rg3andthensome says: May 5, 2013 1:49 PM

    Obviously, everyone is pulling for this guy! Good Luck Brian.

  7. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: May 5, 2013 2:00 PM

    I wish him the best! I know he grew up a Raider fan. Come play for us! Raider Nation! 2013 Superbowl champs! GUARANTEED.

  8. hawkfan50 says: May 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    Was happy to see coach Carroll give him a work out after he was exonerated . Falcons have themselves a quality young man and a solid athlete with Brian ; kudos to them for signing him . Good luck Brian !

  9. briang123 says: May 5, 2013 2:14 PM

    At worst, a hungry player on the practice squad might be the way to go for now.

  10. sjoyner59 says: May 5, 2013 2:18 PM

    rooting for this guy big time,glad he is out of jail doing what he should have been doing years ago

  11. nirvana504 says: May 5, 2013 2:44 PM

    Falcons are garbage

  12. seanb20124 says: May 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    Great story hope it ends well

  13. beckzhere says: May 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    Dude is very well spoken. I watched the interview and was impressed with his total overall demeanor. Looking forward to big things Brian.

  14. fdugrad says: May 5, 2013 3:19 PM

    I surely hope his dream comes to fruition, and his accuser is prosecuted. I do NOT care if she is destitute. She MUST have committed SOME crime in this horrid nightmare!!

  15. wesleyt4 says: May 5, 2013 3:55 PM

    Pulling for this guy in the biggest way. Truely hope he can stick with the Falcons or some team in the NFL. Amazing story of perseverance.

  16. jetsclaps says: May 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    If he makes he’ll be getting a movie made about his life.

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